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>>> that does it here for us tonight in newtown connecticut. we now want to bring you the vigil in its entirety. [ applause ] >> on behalf of the newtown interfaith clergy association i welcome all of you. we needed this. we needed to be together here in this room in the gymnasium, outside the doors of this school in living rooms around the world. we needed to be together. to show that we are together and united. we gather in such a moment of heartbreak for all of us here in new town. we gather especially mindful of family and friends. and neighbors among us who have lost loved ones by an act of unfathomable violence and destruction we gather to grieve together, care for one another, pray and embrace, to weep and to remember and to declare in our many voices that these darkest days of our community shall not be the final word heard from us. we will sigh in our sorrows, but we will also care for one another with our love and our compassion. in those early hours of this crisis, it became clear to us clergy and faith leaders here in newtown that an initial community response would
in newtown, connecticut, and throughout the nation, joins with our fellow americans, dealing with those who died in the senseless tragedy and praying for them and their families. we ask god to ask those lost a special place in paradise, and we ask their families to be granted the strength to endure the unendurable. it is in such times of almost unbearable loss that we seek the comfort with our creator and that artificial divisions of faith fall away to reveal a nation of mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters all united in a desire to bring healing and renewed hope. the koran, islam's revealed text, tells us that god's mercy and compassion are without limit and always available for those who ask. god says, when my servants question you about me, tell them that i am near. i answer the prayer of every person who calls on me. chapter 2 verse 186, the koran -- in the koran, god also says, give glad tidings to those who endure with patience, who when afflicted with calamity say, we belong to god and to him we shall return. such are the people on whom there are blessings an
>>> coming up, you're going to hear from a sunday schoolteacher here in newtown, who's trying to help her young students deal with this tragedy. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] this is steve. he loves risk. but whether he's climbing everest, scuba diving the great barrier reef with sharks, or jumping into the market, he goes with people he trusts, which is why he trades with a company that doesn't nickel and dime him with hidden fees. so he can worry about other things, like what the market is doing and being ready, no matter what happens, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense, from td ameritrade. she is an incredible person. and i'm so blessed to be her dad. >> that was robbie parker talking about his daughter emilie who was 6 years old, she died on saturday. the family meeting tonight with president obama at the school. from the president of the united states, friends or houses of worship here, members of this community are seeking solace all weekend. this morning, some of the children survived the shooting, went to sunday school just like they did every
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